May 13, 2008
Arcadia University Bulletin
May 13, 2008 A Weekly Publication Highlighting Arcadia News and Events

Campus News

Arcadia University to Award Three Honorary Degrees in May

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Arcadia University will award three honorary degrees at its two Commencement ceremonies in May. About 400 graduating students will attend each of the two ceremonies, one for the awarding of baccalaureate degrees and the other for the awarding of master’s and doctoral degrees.

Arcadia University’s Graduate Commencement is Thursday, May 15, at 5 p.m. with honorary degrees to be conferred upon

  • Katharine M. Butterworth, Doctor of Humane Letters. Butterworth has directed the Program Services Department of the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). In 1970, Butterworth settled in Greece, where she established Study in Greece, an experientially based semester-or-yearlong education abroad program for American undergraduate students with an academic emphasis on contemporary Greece. She has resided in Athens for more than 40 years, and is writing two books on her Greek experiences.
  • Zachary Stalberg, Doctor of Laws. Stalberg is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Committee of Seventy, a Philadelphia political organization founded in 1904 by a set of community leaders troubled by government corruption and abuses suffered by waves of new immigrants. Prior to that, he spent more than 35 years in journalism and was the recipient of the John S. Knight Gold Medal and the American Society of Newspaper Editors’ Leadership award.

Arcadia University’s Undergraduate Commencement is Friday, May 16, at 10:15 a.m. with an honorary degree to be conferred upon

  • Dr. William B. DeLauder, Doctor of Laws. DeLauder is President Emeritus of Delaware State University. During his 16 years as president, DeLauder centered his efforts on quality academic programs and enhancement of the institution’s growth and development. In 1994, DeLauder was presented with the Thurgood Marshall Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Higher Education of African Americans.

Seniors Honored at 2008 ALANA Graduation Celebration

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All smiles at the 2008 ALANA Graduation Celebration.

Graduating seniors of African, Latino, Asian and Native American (ALANA) descent and their families were recognized for their unique journey to graduation at the 2008 ALANA Graduation Celebration and Reception on Thursday, May 8 in The Chat. Those honored included Jamie Bowles, Lafeeq bowman, Gabriel Akok Deng, Kyle Fisher, Jason Ford, Lucretia E. Forte, Beverly K. Gaines, Ross Sterling Green, Renneth Grey, Natalie Renee Harris, Jamila Howard, Natalie Johnson, Pamela Leslie, Monifa McCoy, Mellitta Jerri McKethan, Yvonne Mims-Jones, Tina Pan, Shardae Pennick, Crystaliz Reyes, Alia White and Linda Zhou. View more photos.

Book Drive Collects a Ton of Reading Material—Literally

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From left: Daniel Dotse and Matt Bauer rest after packing 2,000 pounds of books.

The book drive started by international student Daniel D. Dotse '10 to gather enough books to start a library in Ghana is making substantial progress. Many Arcadia students have gotten involved, helping to provide underprivileged children with plenty of reading material.

Shannon Farley collected books by reaching out to her friends and family. Stephanie Verenski set up a collection box at a restaurant in the Glenside Station, while Erik Wermel helped to collect the books from the book bins and transport them. Jason Winkler helped to package the full boxes. Matt Bauer and Dotse organized the drive, set up the collection boxes and promoted the drive around campus.

This semester, the drive collected and shipped 2,000 pounds of books, 40 boxes, to Better World Books, which then provides funds to buy books appropriate for children in Ghana. The children’s books are being donated to an organization called Books for Botswana, which is run by Kate Zanoni, an Arcadia alumna.

New Law Means More Stafford Loan Funds

On May 7 President Bush signed into law the "Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act of 2008." With recent turmoil in the credit markets, this act was passed to assist college students who meet the qualifications to receive federal student loans in funding their educations. What does this mean for Arcadia students? Beginning July 1, 2008:

  1. Dependent undergraduate students now can borrow an additional $2,000 Unsubsidized Stafford Loan for the year. This amount would be in addition to the base Stafford Loan amount they were previously permitted to borrow. Independent undergraduates also can borrow an additional $2,000 Unsubsidized Stafford Loan. To qualify for the increased amount, students must meet the requirements to receive federal Stafford Loan funding and must complete the 2008-09 Undergraduate Stafford Loan Acceptance Form at www.arcadia.edu/finaidforms, even if they have previously submitted this form for the 2008-09 academic year.
  2. The bill would allow parents to choose to defer payments on a PLUS loan until six months after the date the student ceases to be enrolled at least halftime. Accruing interest could either be paid by the parent borrower monthly or quarterly or be capitalized quarterly.
  3. Students enrolled at least half-time, including eligible non-citizens, who are Pell Grant recipients now can be considered for Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG) or SMART Grant funding if they meet the other qualifications to receive the grants.

Visit www.arcadia.edu/financialaid for more information on these types of aid. Questions regarding the above provisions of the new law can be directed to the Office of Enrollment Management Office at 215-572-2980 or via e-mail at finaid@arcadia.edu.

Traffic Advisory due to Arcadia Commencement

Traffic around Arcadia University will be congested as 910 students graduate at Commencements on Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16.

  • Graduate Commencement—475 graduates will receive their master’s and doctoral degrees in a ceremony that begins at 5 p.m. on Thursday, May 15.
  • Undergraduate Commencement—More than 435 graduates will receive their bachelor’s degrees in a ceremony that begins at 10:15 a.m. on Friday, May 16. Faculty and staff will be directed to park at Cheltenham High. Shuttles to and from campus will be available.
  • Commencement Ceremonies Web cast—Arcadia’s Commencement ceremonies will be Web cast in real time at www.arcadia.edu. The Graduate Commencement Web cast will begin at 5 p.m., on Thursday, May 15. The Undergraduate Commencement Web cast will begin at 10:15 a.m., on Friday, May 16. A link for viewing will appear on the University’s home page. Also, the ceremonies will be archived and available for viewing after the ceremonies have ended.

Parking, Shuttle Service for Commencement

Special parking and traffic patterns will be in effect for Arcadia’s two Commencement ceremonies, Graduate Commencement on May 15 and Undergraduate Commencement on May 16.

One-way traffic patterns will be enforced to accommodate the large number of cars on campus. All traffic will move counterclockwise until reaching the parking areas. When graduates and guests arrive on campus, they will be directed to a parking area immediately. Once parked, attendees will not be permitted to drive on campus or exit until the ceremony is under way. Guests with disabilities can be dropped off between Boyer Hall and Kuch Center. Enter campus from Church Road. If Arcadia’s parking lots are full, participants will be directed to park at Cheltenham High School. Shuttles to and from campus will be available. Read more.

Martha Washington Award Nominees Announced

The Martha Washington Award for Distinguished Service is awarded annually to an Arcadia University staff employee who exemplifies the ideals of consistent excellence, exceptional performance and service to the Arcadia University community. It is awarded in the name of Martha Washington, a dedicated employee who served Arcadia University from 1946 to 1976. It is accompanied by a cash prize supported by a gift to the University from Mrs. Washington’s family and the Salem Baptist Church of Jenkintown where she was an active member. This year’s nominees are:

  • Erik Nelson, Assistant Dean for Distributed Learning and Director of Arcadia Online
  • Rosemary Hojnowski, Office Supervisor of Enrollment Management
  • Will Migniuolo, Deputy Director for British Operations
  • Carol Lyman, Clinical Coordinator, Graduate Program
  • Arlene Snyder, Administrative Manager

You’re an Alum, Now What?

You’ve finally reached the day you’ve been working toward—graduation. Commencement is just that—the beginning of the rest of your life, and while you may be excited at the prospect of starting your post-college plans, you may also be wondering how you’re going to stay in touch with your classmates and stay connected to your alma mater. Luckily, Arcadia University offers many ways to stay connected. There are plenty of alumni activities and events you can attend that will give you a chance to stay close with your classmates, and they also offer many career networking opportunities. Read more.

Faculty, Staff Emergency Info Sessions Planned for Fall

To help ensure that faculty and staff are informed about emergency procedures at the University, Arcadia’s University Emergency Response Team is distributing important information that discusses the University’s emergency protocols, procedures for fire and other types of emergencies, and how faculty and staff can communicate or report incidents. In the Fall 2008 semester, the team will offer a series of information sessions for members of the community on the necessary steps to address possible situations that may occur on campus. Any department or group that would like to have a separate meeting or discussion on any aspect of emergency planning is encouraged to contact a member of the Emergency Response Team. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the attached flier to familiarize themselves with the University’s response and communication protocols. View Emergency Response Flyer.

Foundations Inc. Partners with Arcadia in Afterschool Education

Foundations’ Center for Afterschool Education and Arcadia University are partnering to launch a new 15-credit online Graduate Certificate in Afterschool Education. The Certificate equips out-of-school-time leaders with the skills to develop and manage programming for afterschool and summer learning that enhances the academic, social, and emotional needs of children and youth. The certificate program begins with a three-day Institute followed by three online courses and an applied learning project. The Institute will be held at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pa., Aug. 15-17, 2008. To register or for more information, click here or call 1-888-977-KIDS (5437).

Campus Achievement Award

Full-time undergraduate students who are involved on campus are encouraged to apply for the Campus Achievement Awards. Students must demonstrate service and leadership on Arcadia’s campus or in the local community, have financial need and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or above. The deadline to apply is June 1 for consideration for the Fall 2008 semester. Award amounts will range from $200 to $3,000 a year. Click here for an application.

Join Arcadia University on Facebook!

Facebook LogoSpread the word. The Office of University Relations has started a group on Facebook for Arcadia University students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. Stay in the know with Arcadia news, photos, videos, emergency communications and other online resources. Click here to sign up.

GATE Loans Deadline: Apply by June 10

“If you have been a past recipient of the GATE loan (Guaranteed Access to Education Loan), you should know that the application deadline to receive the loan for the 2008-09 academic year is June 10, 2008,” notes Holly Kirkpatrick, Director of Financial Aid. “Seeing it listed on your financial aid package doesn’t mean you’re done. You still need to apply by June 10”. Click here to initiate the application process. “If you haven’t received your financial aid package yet, check the financial aid portal to review any paperwork you might be missing. If the financial aid office has received your paperwork, you can review your awards online via the portal as well.”

The GATE loan is an institutional loan awarded to full-time undergraduates who qualify and have demonstrated financial need (on the FAFSA form). Students must be awarded the GATE loan in order to apply. Loan amounts range from $1,000 to $3,000 per year, and repayment is deferred until six months following graduation. A minimal credit check is required, and students have 20 years to repay the loan.

Campus happenings

Shakespearean Renaissance Faire Celebrates Bard

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Students in costume on the Walk of Pride.

The English Honor Society hosted a campus-wide Shakespearean Renaissance Faire from noon to 5 p.m. on April 23. Booths were set up along the Walk of Pride featuring games, crafts, books, food and drinks. English Professors Dr. Hugh Grady, Dr. Sandra Hordis and Dr. Jennifer Matisoff gave informative talks about Shakespeare and the Elizabethan Era. Readings of Shakespeare and stage combat scenes were held.

Scholarly and Creative Accomplishments

Six Arcadia Students Present on Public Health

At the Public Health Student Poster Presentation at the College of Physicians on May 6, six students from Arcadia University presented their posters. The students had to submit abstracts in order to be accepted at the presentation. The six students that presented were:

  • Valerie Lambrecht, “The Utilization of Prenatal Care Services Among Pregnant Latina Women in Norristown, Pennsylvania”
  • Lauren Klein, “United States Organ Donation Policy: An Exploration of Policy Alternatives”
  • Doni Walker, “Creation and Implementation of a Safer Sex and Healthier Lifestyle Educational Program for Arcadia University Residential Students”
  • Jessica Jacks, “Assessment of Cultural Competence Levels Among Physician Assistant Students at Arcadia University”
  • Megan DeWitt, “Detection and Management of Elder Abuse/Mistreatment: Physician Assistants’ Perceptions of Barriers & Strategies”
  • Nate Madsen, “Assessment of Behavior, Knowledge, and Perceived Risk Among High School Athletic Staff Regarding the Emergence of Community-Acquired Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus"

Klein won a top honor for her poster on Organ Donation, marking the first time that Arcadia has been recognized with a top honor at the poster session. Only four posters out of approximately 38 received special honors.

Foreign Correspondence

Share Your Study Abroad Experience!

University Relations is looking for study abroad experiences from current Arcadia students and alumni. Let us know—through writings, photos, videos or audio clips—what you learned and how it has impacted your life. Experiences will be posted as part of Arcadia's celebration of 60 years of studying abroad and may be used in other University publications. Visit www.arcadia.edu/studyabroadmemories for guidelines and submission forms.

upcoming events

Let's Go: Find out what's happening at Arcadia University

Senior Farewell, May 15

Each year Student Affairs Office holds a very special celebration for graduating seniors. All faculty and staff are invited to join in wishing the students success in the future. This year the Senior Farewell will again be in Grey Towers Castle, on Thursday, May 15, the evening prior to Undergraduate Commencement from 9 p.m. until midnight.

With the Castle as the setting, the Farewell Celebration is a special tradition bringing together our graduating students, their families, friends and members of the faculty and staff of the University. This special evening is a wonderful time to congratulate students, to visit in a relaxed atmosphere and to meet some of the family and friends of the students.

Staff Council Trips: Philadelphia Soul and Phillies, May 22 and June 3

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Staff CounsilStaff Council is proud to present two exciting trips for staff members and their families. Staff Council is offering tickets for the Philadelphia Soul Arena Football vs the Kansas City Brigade On Thursday, May 22. The game is at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person. Staff Council is offering tickets to see the Philadelphia Phillies play the Cincinnati Reds on Tuesday, June 3. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $20 per person—it is also “Dollar Dog Night!” For tickets, e-mail Nick Luchko, Area Coordinator for Apartment Style Housing, at luchkon@arcadia.edu or Michele Leftwich, Student Activities, at LeftwicM@arcadia.edu by Friday, April 25. “Once all the orders are in, we will let you know when you can pay and pick up your tickets,” adds Luchko.

Check the online Events Calendar at http://calendar.arcadia.edu.

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Contributors: Donna Whitlock '05, University Relations, Joy Zazzera, Athletics, and Katie Aviles. Photos: Joshua Blustein and Lori Bauer. Web Producers: Sue Gettlin and Purnell Cropper, University Relations. Managing Editor: Lori Bauer, University Relations.

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